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All questions regarding use or purchase of tickets should be directed to Arthur F.
Nicholson, Business Director, Summer Theater Guild, Indiana State Teachers College.
Governing board for the Summer Theater is the Summer Theater Guild Advisory
Committee consisting of four people elected by the patrons of the theater. These are
Mrs. George Wolfenden, Edward Krisak, Cariyle Fee, and Mrs. Florence Sutton.
Dr. Willis E. Pratt has selected Dr. Rhodes R. Stabley, head of the English speech
department; Dr. Ralph E. Heiges, dean of instruction and director of summer sessions;
Robert W. Ensley, director of dramatics; and Arthur F. Nicholson, director of public
relations, to represent the college on the Advisory Committee.
Robert W. Ensley will serve as drama director of the Summer Theater Guild. Paul
E. Randall, director of the Temple University theater, will be guest drama director.
Edward Langhans of the Yale University Graduate School of Dramatics, will be technical
director and Arthur F. Nicholson will be director of business and information.
In every way it could be measured the first Summer Theater Guild season was a real
success. The general agreement was that the quality of the plays was good, the direction
expert, the technical - sets, lighting, costumes, properties - excellent, the acting often
approached the professional.
High audience enthusiasm was in no small way responsible for the over-all success
of the productions. '
Will you please indicate on the form below whether you wish us to mark you down
for a patron's ticket or tickets or for a regular season ticket or tickets for the 1953
season. No payment is needed now. We will accept this form as indication of your
pledge to be a patron or to be a season ticket holder for the 1953 season.
Sometime after the first of May we will send you your season or patron's ticket or
tickets as you indicate on the form below. Will you please fill out the information
below in full, tear off the form and return to Arthur F. Nicholson, Public Relations
Office, State Teachers College, Indiana, Pennsylvania, at your earliest convenience.
(Alumni units .interested in sponsoring a night at the theater as a money raising project,
please contact Mr. Nicholson at the address above at the earliest possible time.)
INDIANA SUMMER THEATER GUILD
Season of Six Full-Length Plays
July 1-August 8, 1953
(Number) @ $10.00 a book
(Number) @ $6.00 a book
(Number) @ $4.00 a book
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE
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VOLUME 4 JUNE, 1953 NUMBER 3
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE
Issued quarterly by the General Alumni Association
of the State Teachers College at Indiana, Pennsylvania
SUMMER THEATER GUILD
A Second Annual Summer Season
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1953, 8:30 P. M.
John S. Fisher Auditorium
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE, INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA
by GARSON KANIN
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SUMMER THEATER GUILD SEASON SCHEDULE
Moss Hart and
George S. Kaufman's
Lawrence and Armina
Born Yesterday (comedy) Robert W. Ensley
Enemy of the People (drama) Paul E. Randall
George Washington Slept Here Robert W. Ensley
Pursuit of Happiness Paul E. Randall
(an American comedy)
Ah, Wilderness (comedy of Robert W. Ensley
Two Blind Mice (comedy) Paul E. Randall
Technical Director — Edward R. Langhans
Business and Information Director — Arthur F. Nicholson
Admission — $1.25 each at the box office
Season Tickets — $10.00 for patron's
$6.00 for regular season tickets.
$4.00 for junior and senior high school
and college students. Each book of six
tickets is good for six admissions
which may be used as the owner wishes
at any play or plays. All seats may
For Reservations —
Phone — 5-5521
Summer Theater Guild Office, State
Teachers College, Indiana, Pa. Daily ex-
cept Sundays 1:00-3:00 p.m. from June 1-
June 30. Starting July 1, Guild Office
will be open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00
p.m. and Wednesday through Saturadys
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Alumni Select Officers,Map Program
Ethel L. Waddcll of Pittsburgli was elected president of the General Alumni Associ-
ation of the State Teachers College at Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Miss Waddell, for many years a teacher in the Pittsburgh public school, is a grad-
uate of the class of 1905 from the Indiana State Teachers College. Now retired, she
makes her home at 104 S. Euclid Avenue, Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania, and is a member of
tlie Pittsburgh-North Boroughs Alumni L'nit.
As president of the Indiana General Alumni Association, Miss Waddell will be the
leader of approximately 16,000 graduates of her college.
Mrs. Monis Straub of 523 liighland Avenue, Johnstown, a member of the class of
1913. was chosen vice-president of the Indiana General Alumni Association.
Betty A. Bush of South Warren Avenue, Apollo, a member of the class of 1944,
w.is elected secretary and Mary L. Esch of Indiana was reappointed treasurer and execu-
These officers were selected at a meeting of the General Alumni Association in
Fisher Auditorium on the Indiana campus Saturday morning. May 23. The meeting was
held in conjunction with tl-,e annual Alumni Day observance which is a part of the
Commencement season program.
Mrs. Ward Johnson of Indiana, chairman of the projects committee of the Indiana
Alumni Association, reported at the meeting that the increase in dues to ,'-2.00 per year
for membership in the Association had been fully approxed and will go into effect for
the year beginning June 1, 1953. A letter inviting graduates to membership will be sent
to the 16,000 Alumni no later than July, 1953.
The projects committee chairman recommended the allocation of fl'iOO for a quart-
erly bulletin for 1953, and recommended that additional money be allocated for the
project of organ stops for the Moller Organ in Fisher Auditorium on the Indiana college
campus. The executive committee and the General Alumni Association approved the
recommendations of the projects committee.
The executive committee of the Alumni Association unanimously approved a motion
that the Indiana General Alumni Association authorize the awarding of a citation annual-
ly to an individual for outstanding and meritorious service in the field of education and
that this individual be selected by a committee established in the motion: the committee
to consist of the president, vice-president, executive secretary of the Alumni Association,
the president of the college, and a fifth member appointed by the college president.
The Allegheny Valley Indiana Alumni Unit now being organized in the New Kens-
ington area has indicated that the Unit will sponsor a night at the Summer Theater
Guild's performance of George Washington Slept Here to be given July 17 in Fisher
In addition the Kiski Valley Alumni Unit will sponsor the July 18 performance
of the same play. Other Alumni Units have indicated that they are making plans to
sponsor attendance at Indiana's Summer Theater Guild.
Seniors of the graduating class of 1953 were admitted to the Alumni Association
in the traditional ceremony. Mrs. Ward Johnson, past president of the Association pre-
sented the seniors to the Association. Among those seniors was Mrs. Johnson's son
At the annual Alumni Luncheon held in the college dining room. Dean Paul L.
Salsgiver of the School of Business, Simmons College, Massachusetts, spoke on the sub-
ject "Twenty-Five Years of Teaching."
Representatives of the reunion classes of 1883, 1888. 1893, 1898, 1903, 1913, 1923,
1928, 1933, and 1943 furnished additional entertainment at the Alumni Luncheon in the
form of recollections of college experiences.
During the afternoon the various alumni reunion classes held class meetings and
reunions on the college campus and in the Indiana community.
Alumni Day festivities were concluded in the evening with a reception for Alumni,
senior and guests given by Dr. and Mrs. Willis E. Pratt in the president's apartment,
John Sutton Hall. There was also an Alumni dance and bridge in the Student Union
and Reception Lounge.
Dr. Clifford E. Barbor, president of the Western Theological Seminary, addressed
nearly 400 Indiana graduates at the baccalaureate service in John S. Fisher Auditorium
at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 24. His subject was "Beyond Your Best."
The College Symphony Orchestra with Lawrence Stitt as conductor gave the annual
Commencement Concert at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 24, in Fisher Auditorium.
Agnes Sligh Turnbull, noted American novelist and writer, delivered the Commence-
ment address to the graduating seniors, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. in Fisher Auditorium.
Dr. TurnbuU's subject was "The Book and the Life."
The Commencement Season activities were concluded Monday, May 25 with the
Commencement dinner at 12:30 p.m. in the college dining room.
Fifty Year Class Reports Reunion
Sixteen members, or 67 percent of the class of 1903, now living, met for their
fiftieth anniversary. Saturday, May 2 3, 1953. They, with three husbands, one daughter-
in-law. and a niece, made twenty-one at the Alumni dinner. Laura Dickie Nix's daughter-
in-law proved most valuable as she led the class in its class yell and song — which was
very favorably received, if the applause was any indication!
The afternoon was spent in telling stories and relating experiences of the last half
century, as well as reminiscing about the good old school days at ISNS. One of the
naught three's is still active in the school-room; two since their retirement are doing
Library work: the many grandmothers are baby-sitters, who proudly displayed pictures
of their grandchildren.
The class contributed one hundred forty dollars to the Wilson Hall Library Fund.
The fellowship and fun continued when the class dined at the Outside Inn on Satur-
Those who remained for Commencement spent Sunday evening with Madge Cameron
at her home on Chestnut Street — a pleasant ending to a most enjoyable reunion.
The class were impressed by the friendliness, the gracious hospitality and the many
courtesies extended to them during their visit. They congratulate the college on the
expansion program as shown by the new buildings, and wish it continued progress.
Members of the class present were:
Anna Barr Pinkerton, Opal Berthel, Elizabeth Best Knight, Madge Cameron, Maude
Mary L. Conlin, Daisy Culp. Bess Cunningham Chapman, Laura Dickie Nix, Martha
Nelle Maxwell, Olive McCleary, Lois McElwain, Isa Ryan Leopold. Viola Simpson,
and Edna Heck.
Isa Ryan Leopold
Members of the reunion classes for 1953 at Indiana have thus far contributed a total
of Si 500 for the renovation and furnishing the Instructional Materials Room in Wilson
Hall Library at the college. The contributions have come from members of the classes
of 1883. 1888, 1893, 1898, 1903, 1913. 1923, 1928, 1933, and 1943.
Dean Salsgiver Urges Re-Evaluation
Editorial Note: The following address was given by Dean Paul L. Salsgiver of the
Simmons College School of Business and an ISTC 1928 graduate at the Alumni Day
Luncheon, May 23, 1953, at the College in Indiana.
When Dr. Pratt invited me to speak to the Indiana / lumni Association meeting
he reminded me that it has been twenty-five years since I graduated from the college.
When I accepted the invitation I knew that it would give both my wife and me a grand
opportunity to renew old friendships and recall many enjoyable times which we had
together as students. But some time later when I was asked to submit the title of my
talk, I began to recognize that it was not an occasion that I could take in my usual
stride. After thinking about a subject, it occurred to me the last twenty-five years have
witnessed significant changes in our social, political, and economic life which would be
When I entered the teaching profession twenty-five years ago it was then a peaceful
world. The country was prosperous; there seemed to be no limit to the growth and
expansion of America's wealth and resources. I did not have to worry about whether
I should be drafted for two years' service in the armed forces. I could look forward
to the future in the belief that I would have the opportunity to make plans with confi-
dence in the stability of our world. But it is far different today. Nearly all of the
present graduating class no doubt were born and spent their childhood years in the
period of the great economic depression and World War II. Following World War II
was a period of readjustment to a peace that has yet to come. Now we are informed
that if World War III is not precipitated suddenly, the best we have to look forward
to is an indefinite period of tension, fear, and endless spending for defense.
It is against this background that we, as teachers, must inspire students with faith,
hope, and confidence in the future. Of course it is easy to become so concerned about
present international affairs that we may be in danger of losing our faith in life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness. During every generation of our relatively short period as
a nation, people living in that generation have had their own personal dangers and
national crises to face. No doubt the dangers they faced seemed more hazardous than
any of previous generations. It is only human to believe that ours is the generation at
the crossroads of history. Yet in the perspective of history it is conceivable that we may
expect the world to be a better place in which to live than it is now. Most of us must
continue to live normal lives and hold fast to the ideals and value that have proven
to be fundamental to human progress. This must be especially true of teachers, since
they are involved in shaping the attitudes, intellectual curiosity, and purposes of youth.
Among the list of significant changes in the past twenty-five years one could list the
1. The development of the television industry.
2. The invention of electronic computing and recording machines.
3. The almost complete human mastery of the factors of time and space.
4. The discovery and utilization of atomic energy.
5. The sharp increase in the ratio of our population belonging to service and
dependent groups as compared with the producer group.
6. The increasing proportion of our population living beyond age sixty-five.
"7. The rise in the national debt from about 25 billion to 264 billion dollars.
8. The establishment of the principle that employees have the right to organize to
bargain collectively with employers over wages, hours and working conditions.
All of these chnnges have made a tremendous impact upon our society. The develop-
ment (if t! e television industry has enriched our economic resources, enlarged job op-
portunities, and introduced nev/ tecl niques for education, entertainment, and the dis-
semination of information Ti e invention of electronic computing machines may intro-
duce a new type of industrial re olution — t! e substitution of machines for man's mind.
Man's greater control over the factors of time rnd space practically makes distance or
gcogr-phic location no ion-er p. defense for isolationism. Tl e development of atomic
ener-fy rr-vlutioni^es '-;^r nn 1 fo'-ecasts nev ^onde "s for the future in li'.ing comforts
and c n- enfences. The inc-ease -n the proport'on of our population belonging to service
and dependent groups, the rise -n the proportion of people living beyond the age of
sixty-five, the large national debt, and the establishment of the right of employees to
engage incollective bargaining all have changed the entire character of our economic
order. These changes need to be understood by educators as they affect our educational
curriculum. Above all, teachers themselves need to be better informed about economic
The net result of these changes upon our economic life has been the development
of two conflicting philosophies of economic policy which are inextricably tied up with
political programs. Roughly speaking our people are divided into two groups in their
thinking about economic policies. On the one hand hand we have those who advocate
a maximum of individual freedom and enterprise. On the other are those who believe
that our problems are best solved through a maximum of government planning, although
such planning may result in individual loss of freedom.
Perhaps the emergence of the government planning philosophy may be explained
by the consuming desire of the average citizen for economic security. Business enter-
prise operating in a competitive economy provides us with many attractive goods and
services; advertisers stimulate our interest in spending for those goods and services to
the point where the desire for material comforts and conveniences becomes the all-
powerful motivating influence in our lives. This desire of people to have more of the
world's goods and services has, it appears, helped to weaken the moral fiber of a large
part of our population. It has given politicians an excellent campaign issue for they
have been able to sell themselves and their programs by promising more things to more
people, presumably at lower cost. I do not need to give this audience any illustrations
of that kind, but I am sure you must have many of them in mind. The consequences
of the acceptance of this philosophy of getting "something for nothing" have been to
encourage youth to believe that everyone is entitled to a guarantee of economic security
either from business or the government. Today far too many of our young people view
the future from the standpoint that, regardless of their own productive efforts, their
wants somehow will be provided. Furthermore, more than a few adults have subscribed
to the philosophy of "get it while you can." There is no doubt these examples have
had their effect upon the attitudes of young people.
As educators we cannot ignore the roots of this philosophy as it is implanted in
the minds of our citizens and as it affects the minds of the youth in our schools. The
"something for nothing" philosophy must be exploded for the myth that it is. No
promises, beguiling phrases, nor intellectual day dreams can supplant the most effective
incentive in history; namely the desire to achieve superiority in one's work, based on
the recognition that society does offer rewards commensurate with the efforts expended
and the achievement attained. To say it in other words, to have is to produce. America
has arrived at it place of world leadership today because most of its citizens know it as
a land of opportunity where one's individual efforts are rewarded proportionately to
one's productive capacity. A vital educational problem today is to re-establish in the
minds of youth the significance of this incentive for effort.
Of course planning per se is not bad. Everyone should plan his own financial affairs.
Every business, school, college, or other organization must have a purpose and plan
to achieve that purpose or invite failure. But our danger lies in assuming that someone
else should do all the planning for economic security. To turn the planning job over
to some group of politicians is to sacrifice both economic and personal freedom. We
must not pass over to others our personal responsibilities in economic matters any more
than we would do in other areas of living in a democratic society. To do so is to invite
a collectivist economy. Free economy differs from a collectivist economy in one major
aspect. A free economy is based upon voluntary co-operation and free choice. Collecti-
vist economy depends upon central control, discipline from the center, policemen,
soldiers, spies, and teamwork is involuntary, choices are not free, and each individual
must fit into the master plan.
How then shall citizens become more intelligent about economic affairs? It is only
natural that as a teacher I should recommend that more attention should be given edu-
cation for economic citizenship. In this matter there are two fundamental attitudes to
1. Each person should understand that often actions, apparently sound at the time
they are undertaken, may have disastrous ultimate effects. For example, heavy
taxation burdens on corporations may dry up investment capital. Or employees
may oppose the introduction of labor-saving machines for fear of loss of jobs.
2. Each person should understand that often actions which benefit an individual
ultimately may have the opposite effect for society as a whole. For example,
organized labor in one industry may strike for higher wages or other costly
benefits without a compensating increase in productivity which in the long run
may reduce benefits for other groups or eventually result individual financial loss.
When individuals begin to understand these fundamental facts about economic affairs
perhaps we shall continue to have a free society.
In conclusion, we should not forget that our students of today will be the adult
wage earners of tomorrow. As members of the labor force they will be subjected to
propaganda containing falsifications, concealments, and misrepresentations of facts. They
will hear the vices of a free economy exaggerated and its virtues deplored. They will be
told that all human ills and economic insecurity spring from injustice and that only
through government planning and control can the unfortunate be made happy. Our is
the task, therefore, of educating youth to become competent business employees and
responsible citizens in a society about which they understand at least the most important
Indiana Faculty Changes Made
Ralph Cordier To Head Social Sludles Department
Dr. Ralph W .Cordier, noted American historian and author, has been appointed
chairman of the social studies faculty at the college, according to Dr. Willis E. Pratt,
Dr. Cordier's appointment is effective September 1, 1953. He will succeed Dean
Walter M. Whitmyre, who has been chairman of the social studies department at Indiana
State Teachers College for nearly 35 years.
Dean Whitmyre continues to serve the college as dean of men, director of Whitmyre
Hall, and a member of the social studies faculty.
Since the completion of Whitmyre Hall, Dean Whitmyre's duties as dean of men
have become more extensive and make increased demands upon his time in the admini-
stration of the affairs of Whitmyre Hall which houses more than 200 men students. The
dean of men also supervises approximately 14 fraternity houses for men on campus.
Dr. Cordier, the senior editor of the Rand McNally Social Studies series, in the
past eight years has co-authored a series of eight histories in this series. In addition he
has written more than 30 articles for education and historical journals.
During the 1951-52 college year Dr. Cordier was on leave of absence on a fellow-
ship from the Ford Foundation during which time he studied in this country and abroad
and visited extensively in western Europe.
Professionally Dr. Cordier is active in the National Council for the Social Studies
and holds a number of chairmanships in various historical and educational organizations.
He has been a member of the social studies faculty at Indiana State Teachers College
for the past five years.
Prior to coming to Indiana State Teachers College he taught for one year at Slippery
Rock State Teachers College, ten years at Clarion State Teachers College, two years as
a supervisory teacher at Charleston (Illinois) State Teachers College and for nine years
as a teacher of history in Canton and Columbus, Ohio, high schools.
Dr. Cordier received his A.B. degree from Manchester (Indian?) College. He re-
ceived his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State LIniversity. In addition he has done
post-doctoral work at Columbia University and the University of London, England. He
has taught in summer sessions at Manchester College, Ohio State University, Louisiana
State LIniversity and the University of Minnesota.
Ka+hryn OToole and Lola Beelar Retire Fronn Faculty
Two members of the faculty of the College, Miss Kathryn O'Toole and Miss Lola
Beelar, retired June 1, 1953.
Miss Kathryn O'Toole has been a member of the Keith School supervisory staff for
the past 25 years. She received her bachelor of science degree from Iowa State Teachers
College and her master of arts from Columbia University.
She has been a supervisory teacher in mathematics and Latin at Keith School. Prior
to coming to Indiana, Miss O'Toole taught for eight years in Independence, Iowa. la
all she has given 33 years service to public education.
Miss Lola Beelar has been a member of the staff of the college music department
for the past 22 years. She has been employed jointly by the Indiana Borough School
District and the Indiana State Teachers College.
Miss Beelar received her bachelor of science degree from Columbia University and
her master of arts degree from the L'niversity of Pittsburgh, and a second MA from
Prior to coming to Indiana 28 years ago as a teacher in the public schools in this
community, Miss Beelar taught for 9 years in the state of Indiana. Her career in edu-
cation has extended over a period of 37 years.
Both teachers have traveled extensively in the LT.S. and Canada and are members
of the National Education Association and other professional organizations.
Both Miss Beelar and Miss O'Toole were honored at the 1953 Commencement
Dinner and were presented with farewell gifts from the Faculty Association.
Isenberg Substitutes for Zeitler on Leave of Absence
David R. Isenberg has been employed as an instructor in the science department
for the academic year 1953-54.
Mr. Isenberg has been employed as a teacher of chemistry in the Dayton (Pa.) public
He is a graduate of the Indiana State Teachers College v/ith class of 1948 where
he received his B.S. in Ed. degree. In addition he has taken graduate work at the Llni-
versity of Pittsburgh.
Isenberg will substitute for Vernon Zeitler, a regular member of the college faculty
for the past six years.
Zeitler has been granted a leave of absence for one year in order to permit him to
pursue work for his doctor's degree at Western Reserve University.
Zeitler received his B.S. in Ed. degree from the State Teachers College, Indiana,.
Pennsylvania, in 1939 and his M.Litt. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has
taken additional graduate work at the University of Colorado, Pennsylvania State College
and Western Reserve University.
Prior to coming to Indiana State Teachers College, Zeitler taught for two years
in the Robinson Township public schools and for two years in the Tyrone High School.
Stephens College Prof. Employed As Indiana Historian
Dr. Raymond L. Lee has been employed as a member of the social studies faculty
at Indiana, according to Dr. Willis E. Pratt, president of the college.
Dr. Lee. at present a member of the history faculty at Stephens College in Missouri
where lie has been teaching for the past seven years, will assume his new duties at Indiana
State Teachers College on September I, 1953.
Prior to his service at Stephens College, Dr. Lee taught for one year at the Uni-
versity of Michigan, for three years in the Fenton (Michigan) High School, for one year
in tlie Laboratory School at Michigan State Normal College and for three years in rural
schools in the state of Michigan.
He has also taught during summer sessions at the Whitewater (Wisconsin) State
Teachers College and the University of Missouri.
A native of Columbia. Missouri, Dr. Lee, age 41, is married and has tiiree ciiiidren.
He received his A.B. degree from Michigan State Normal College in 1937, his M.A.
degree in history from the University of Michigan. Following some graduate work at
the L-niversity of Mexico, Dr. Lee obtained his Ph.D. degree in history from the Uni-
versity of Michigan.
Dr. Lee is an addition to the social studies staff at Indiana State Teachers College.
The revision of the curriculum of the college two years ago, Dr. Pratt explained, has
made it necessary to increase the number of faculty members .in the social studies depart-
Trevor Hadley Appointed Director of Research
President Willis E. Pratt has appointed Dr. S. Trevor Hadley, class of 1937 and
member of the education faculty, to be director of research at the college. The responsi-
bilities of this office will provide for the initiation of research projects with members
of the stafif and advanced students, reporting research projects which are carried on and
stimulating research in the college, in Keith School and in the schools of the area.
Tabulation Made of Indiana Faculty Writing
A study recently made of the writing of members of the Indiana faculty reveals that
37 staff members have published a total of more than 300 articles and books during their
professional careers for a record comparable to most institutions of this kind.
One of the evidences which accrediting associations accept as an indication of
scholarly preparation of staff members is found in the summary of published materials
by staff members.
The State Teachers College, Indiana, Pennsylvania, is accreditated both by the
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and by the Middle States Asso-
ciation of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Loan Funds, Scholarships,
The Jane E. Leonard Memorial Loan Fund at the College now contains $26,421.34
as of May 1, 1953, according to a report by Miss Mary L. Esch, treasurer of the Fund.
The Leonard Loan Fund was established a number of years ago and has been built
up largely through the -"ork of the faculty and alumni. The Fund has for its purpose
the making of loans to students attending Indiana State Teachers College.
As of May 1, 1953, the found contains $14,527.50 in loans and $11,893.84 in cash,
Miss Esch states.
During the year from May 1. 1952 to May 1, 1953 the loan committee approved
loans to 48 persons for a total of $9324. Net gain for the fund during the year was
$533.56, most of which was returned by interest on loans.
The governing board in charge of granting loans from the Leonard Loan Fund con-
sists of the dean of instruction, the dean of men. the dean of v/omen, a m.ember of the
faculty and an alumni member.
The plan in operation provides for a granting of loans to sophomores, juniors, and
senior with interest at two percent payable at maturity of the loan. Not more than $100
will be loaned to a sophomore during a semester, and the maximum sum loaned any one
student will not exceed $400.
In addition to the Leonard Loan Fund the college has available the Men's Varsity
I Loan Fund which has been built up by this men's group as a loan fund for members
of varsity athletic team in good standing. Members may borrow not more that $150
per year. Loans are made for a reasonable period of time and are interest free for the
first year. Thereafter the interest rate is two percent per annum.
The Corinne Menk Wahr Scholarship Fund at Indiana contains more than $150,000.
The Scholarship Fund was established through the generosity of the late Corinne Menk.
Wahr of the class of 1916.
Of the monies in the Fund, $71,500 is held in government bonds of various issues
and in 2208 shares of Mesta Machine Company common stock valued at $75,000. There
is in addition on hand a cash balance of $11,276.59 in the operating account of which
$5516, 59 is in a checking account and $5760.00 which is in a savings account.
In the past four years the Scholarship Fund has disbursed scholarships in the amount
of $20,625.00. At the present time scholarships ranging in amounts from $100 to $150
per year for four years arc held by 62 students. The figures given for this scholarship
fund are as of April 7, 1953.
Four atlditional Syntron Foundation Scholarships will be awarded to students to
attend Indiana State Teachers College for the 1953-54 college term. These four Scholar-
ships are in addition to four which were awarded by the Syntron Foundation for the
1952-53 college term.
Total value of each Scholarship is $800 at the rate of $200 per year for four years.
In brief at the start of the 1953-54 college term at Indiana there will be eight students
who have Syntron Scholarships each amounting to $200 per year.
The figures for certification of teachers during the last year has just been released.
Indiana students receiving College Provisional Certificates numbered 362. Only three
institutions exceeded this number, Penn State, Temple, and West Chester. The latter
topped Indiana by two. As far as men receivin,<^ certificates, West Chester alone was
In Home Economics Indiana led the field. In Music and Business Indiana stands
second. The elementary education graduates were almost a hundred.
Teaching and the Better Student
RALPH E. HEIGES
Dean of Instruction
State Teachers College, Indiana, Pa.
*Previously published in The Pennsylvania State Journal May, 1953
As I travel over the state and talk to people about teaching I feel many people have
a disdain for the teaching profession. Frequently there is an open expression against
salary, conditions of work, extra duties and so forth. One particular area of doubt about
the profession is expressed something like this, "You people preparing teachers take
everyone into college and graduate all of them".
If the implication of lack of selection is true then something should be done and
quickly. There are many evidences of growth and improvement in teacher education
throughout the country and if such is not the case in Pennsylvania then we in the colleges
Fundamentally, the profession can be improved in the long run only by having the
profession get its full share of the best high school students. Therefore, it seems that
unless the public school teachers, counselors and administrators are enthusiastic about
the work we can scarcely expect the 17 year old to enter upon teaching. Once he enters
college, the responsibility rests there.
Among many people I find the conception that the best high school students avoid
being teachers. Now I cannot say what our share should be. And I do not know the
fact for the colleges of the state as a whole. Here is merely a statement of the experience
at one college but I believe it is duplicated elsewhere in the state.
A rather complete survey was made of the group of 516 students who entered the
Indiana State Teachers College in September 1949. Some have already graduated through
acceleration. It is presumed that all those in college in March 1953 will be graduated
in May or in the summer of 1953. It should be noted that the college operates under
admission standards established by the Board of President of the State Teachers Colleges.
Conditions of health, character, personality and scholarship are filed with the college.
The scholarship requirement may be summarized as graduation in the upper half of the
high school class or the passing of a scholastic aptitude test with a score equal to the
median of a high school senior.
A committee on admissions and professional standards supervises the admissions
and governs the continuance of students at Indiana. At the end of the sophomore year
each student applies for Junior Standing* and the committee makes a complete and
formal check of each application. Areas of academic scholarship, English, health, speech,
personality and achievement tests in English, general culture and contemporary affairs
are considered. A fifth semester may be allowed to clear deficiencies in the above re*
quirements. We at Indiana think the standards are fair and are in the interests of the
student and of a growing profession.
*For a complete statement on this process see the autlior's article in the Journal of Teach-
er Education for March 19^' "Continuous Selection of Students for the Profession at
One State Teachers College".
nOES TEACHING APPEAL TO THE GOOD STUDENT IN HIGH SCHOOL?
The response must be affirmative. Our survey (Table 1) showed that 53% of the
1949 freshmen were from the upper quarter of the high school class. One out of every
three of those 271 fine students stood one, two, three, four or five in his high school
class. Twenty-six percent (26%) were in the second quarter, leaving only 21% in the
lower half. Note (3) that only 7% came from the fourth quarter and remember that
these were screened through an entrance test. Thus it is evident that top high school
students are preparing for teaching.
STUDENTS BY HIGH SCHOOL RANK
SHOWING NUMBER AND PERCENT GRADUATED
H. S. Class
1st & 2nd Quarter
3rd & 4th Quarter
DOES HIGH SCHOOL RANK APPEAR TO DETERMINE SUCCESS IN COLLEGE.?
Apparently nothing succeeds like success. Here we find that 63% of those in each
of the two upper quarters (170 and 85 students) were graduated. Graduates of the third
and fourth high school quarters fell by the way in greater proportions — 29 students
(407r) from the third quarter and only 10 students (26%) from the fourth quarter were
graduated. The selection process is continuous and demanding.
WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF HIGH SCHOOL ON SUCCESS IN TEACHER
A tabulation (Table 2) was made of the students according to the size of the high
school graduating class. Surprisingly enough, this shows 313 of the Indiana students
(60%) were from school graduating over 100. The size of the class, it was revealed,
however, had little effect in predicting college success. If anything, there is a slight edge
for the large high school. Perhaps this is a good omen in view of the jointures which
are now producing the larger administrative units. ■%
STUDENTS BY SIZE OF HIGH SCHOOL CLASS
SHOWING NUMBER AND PERCENT GRADUATING
Size of Class No. of Students No. of Grads. % Grad.
Over 200 184 105 57
101-200 129 81 61
51-100 125 (>(> . 53
1-50 78 42 54
Totals 516 294 57
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 222 STUDENTS WHO WITHDREW?
The mortality among college students comes early. Of the 222 who withdrew, l43
(64%) were gone at the beginning of the sophomore year. And at the end of the sopho-
more year the process was practically completed. The Junior Standing application prob-
ably hastened this trend. We cannot be certain what happened to all the 222 persons.
However, our records show trends. Reasons beyond the student's control — health,
finances, home problems and the draft accounted for 19% of the withdrawals. Marriage
accounted for 11%. Thirty-five person (16%) — one out of every six who withdrew —
left Indiana for other training, mostly due to a change in objective. The reason for
withdrawal could not be discovered in 11% of the cases.
The largest single group withdrew for scholastic reasons or lack of qualifications
for Junior Standing. This includes deficiencies of speech, personality and similar ob-
stacles to becoming a good teacher. Ninety-seven students or 43% of those leaving,
fall in this category. This is part of the screening process and I hope we at Indiana
helped at least some of these people to find a goal in life more suitable than teaching.
Whether or not the results at Indiana are typical of teacher education in general
I am unprepared to say. It is encouraging, however, to have the knowledge that capable
young people are entering the profession. If high school standing means anything, then
we find approximately four-fifths of the students come from the upper half. And at the
end of four years about 87% of the graduates from Indiana are from this group. Al-
though only 5"^% of those entering graduated, this percentage could easily be raised if
the students attending were still better. Remember less than 35% of those from the
lower half stayed to the end.
Thus we see the selective process for the teaching profession in operation. Other
institutions in the Commonwealth in addition to Indiana are striving to prepare more
and better teachers. Confident that a job is being done, teacher education colleges ask
that the best possible students be sent to them. The colleges will exercise their responsi-
bilities I am sure.
Improvements Underway on
Alumni Bullitin News
Before the next issue of the Alumni
Bulletin which is scheduled for publi-
cation in September, 1953, Miss Ethel L.
Waddell, the new president of the Gen-
eral Alumni Association, will appoint a
committee to work with the editor of
the bulletin in sorting out news relative
to the activities of Alumni members for
inclusion in the publication.
This committee to be appointed by
President Waddell will prepare the ma-
terial and turn it over to the editor for
In the meantime members of the
Alumni Association who have news items
which they would like to have included
in the bulletin should send these to Miss
Mary L. Esch at the college in Indiana
who will keep them for the committee
to work on as soon as they are appointed.
The flour of reception lounge in John
Sutton Hall has been replaced with
asphalt tile and the lounge has been re-
painted, according to a report from Dr.
Willis E. Pratt, president.
This room is used as a co-educational
lounge and its renovation presents a more
attractive student parlor. Work is now
in progress in the replacement of floor-
ing in all halls in John Sutton Hall with
These floors have been in very poor
condition and have been difficult to main-
tain because of the great amount of usage
they have. It is expected that the floor-
ing of the first floor of John Sutton Hall
be completed in June.
Classrooms in John A. H. Keith
School, State Teachers College, Indiana,
Pennsylvania, have a new look, accord-
ing to John E. Davis, director of teacher
training and placement and director of
All of the 26 rooms in the John A. H.
Keith School have now been repainted.
Work is continuing on the repainting of
the halls, offices and the gymnasium.
This work should be completed by the
middle of June, 1953.
Keith School is maintained by the In-
diana State Teachers College as a labora-
tory for the training of teachers and for
the purpose of providing students in the
college with an opportunity to observe
Approximately 400 students from Indi-
ana and White Township are enrolled in
the Keith School grades from kinder-
garten to tenth.
All the shrubbery and trees on the
campus at Indiana have been trimmed
this spring and a large number of flow-
ers which have been grown during the
winter have been replanted in the vari-
ous beds throughout the campus.
These shrubs, trees and flowers on
the Indiana State Teachers College camp-
us make one of the most complete and
impressive beauty scenes in the state.
New portable bleachers will be pro-
vided for Waller Gymnasium before the
next basketball season.
The finance committee of the Student
Cooperative Association has approved the
expenditure of $6,925 for the purchase
of portable bleachers for Waller Gym-
nasium to replace those now in use.
The new bleachers will boost the seat-
ing capacity by 200 and provide seating
for approximately 900 to 1000 fans.
Construction of women's lounges in
John Sutton Hall has now been com-
pleted. These new lounges occupy the
area formerly known as the John Sutton
Kail Auditorium and for many years
used by the college for the production
of plays and chapel sessions.
On the second floor of old John Sutton
Hall Aunditorium will be found a wom-
en's lounge where there are davenports,
bridge tables and chairs. In the corner
of this room there has been constructed
a kitchen for use by the women students
in preparing snacks.
There is also located in this area a
large television room which will seat
approximately 150 students and to the
rear of this is an informal lounge room
which accommodates approximately 60
On the third floor from the old
balcony area there have been constructed
two rooms — one for sewing and one
The old John Sutton Hall Auditorium
will be remembered by many persons as-
sociated with Indiana State Teachers Col-
lege in the past as the scene of the pre-
sentation of many Leonard Literary
Society events and college plays. The
reconstruction of this area into a wom-
en's lounge area is a part of a long
range program to completely transform
John Sutton Hail into a dormitory for
John Sutton Hall still contains the ad-
ministrative offices of the college. Itr is
planned however, in the future to move
these offices to Clark Hail and eventually
to move the music department from the
second floor of Thomas Sutton Hall to
the Elkin Hall.
When all the moves are accomplished
sometime during the next two years than
John Sutton Hall will be completely a
dormitory for women with the exception
of the dining room which will be re-
tained as it is presently.
Installation of approximately Si 5,000
worth of new equipment for the laundry
at the college will be completed this sum-
mer. This new equipment will make the
laundry completely modernized and will
replace old and worn out machines some
of which have been in use for 50 years
and have been unsatisfactory and in-
The new items which will be installed
in the laundry will include three washers
of various sizes, one air compressor, one
small and one large extractor and one
An additional amount of S5000 is
available for the purchase of other ma-
terials and for the installation of the
water sewer and electric wiring necessary
for the operation of the new equipment.
A project to repaint all the wood and
iron work at the college is now under-
Before the close of the summer of 1953
it is planned to also paint the exterior
of Wilson Hall Library and exterior of
McElhaney Arts Building.
The roof on Fisher Auditorium has
now been repaired under a contract with
the A. C. Smith Company at a cost of
$5,770. The slate was all removed from
the lower third of the roof on all sides
of the building. New cooper flashing
was installed and the old slate replaced.
For several years during extremely wet
weather this defective roof allowed the
water to come into the inside of the
Auditorium. On one occasion the Moller
Organ in the Auditorium was damaged
to the extent of several thousands of
dollars. The repairs to the Organ were
made possible through an allocation of
the state insurance fund.
New furniture to replace worn out
furniture in 25 rooms in John Sutton
Hall. State Teachers College, Indiana,
Pennsylvania, has been received from
Prison Industries of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania and has been installed.
This makes a total of 50 rooms in this
building which have been furnished in
the present academic year.
Typical of many events held through-
out the year on the campus at Indiana
which are attended by out-side profes-
sional and community groups was the
conference of the western division of
Pennsylvania Business Educators on April
18, 1953. Several hundred teachers, stu-
dents and business people from the west-
ern section of the state attended this in-
teresting all day conference.
A highlight of the conference was the
awarding of a citation to G. G. Hill, head
of the business education department at
Indiana State Teachers College for over
35 years, for his outstanding services to
business education in the Commonwealth.
Many other conference and group
meetings bringing people from all com-
munities in the area are held on the
Indiana campus. Since March 1, 1953, the
following such meetings have been held:
Spiritual Enrichment Week, March 1-4;
Merchandise Fair, March 18-19; Red
Cross Bloodmobile, March 24-25; County
and District Superintendents Meeting.
Science Fair, March 28: Home Eco-
nomics High School Day, April 18; 25tb
Anniversary of Four Sororities, April 21;
Conference of Cooperative Supervisors,.
Indiana Alumni Unit Dinner, April 22;
ROTS Inspection Team, April 22; Central
Western Convention District Dinner,
April 27; Visit of Brigadier General
Thornton, April 28.
Tenth Annual Cooperative Art Exhi-
bition, April 10-May 26; Annual Swing-
Out Program, May 1-2; ROTC Inspection,
May 4; Commencement Season Program,.
In the light of the fact that the Merch-
andise Fair brought in 10,000 visitors
and the Swing-Out ceremonies 6,000 ad-
missions, it is estimated that this entire
program of meetings brought in more
than 25,000 visitors to the campus dur-
ing the period March 1 to May 26, 1953-
The Pennsylvania Congress of Parents,
and Teachers plans to hold a summer
school for PTA officials in the western
half of Pennsylvania at the State Teach-
ers College, Indiana, Pennsylvania, dur-
ing the period July 12-17, 1953, inclusive..
Members of the PTA conference will
be housed in Whitmyre Hall and will
have their meals in the college dining
CLissrooms and recreational facilities
of the college are to be made avaihible
to the PTA summer schooL
Other groups wishing to hold confer-
ences on the campus of Indiana State
Teachers College during the summer may
do so by making proper arrangements
with the college administration.
Students of the college through their
Campus Chest Fund established by the
college Student Council have distributed
$1332 during the current college year to
13 different charities and to a fund to
bring a foreign student to Indiana State
Teachers College next year. Of the total
amount $832 has been allocated or given
to the American Red Cross, Tuberculosis
Society, the Crippled Children Society,
Polio, Heart Fund, Cancer Fund, World
Student Service Fund, Lions Health
Camp, Indiana Community Chest, Indiana
Hospital, Salvation Army, Crusade for
Freedom and Cerebral Palsy Fund.
In addition $500 has been set aside for
the foreign student to come to Indiana
State Teachers College from a foreign
country for the 1953-54 college year.
Indiana County's Sesqui-centennial
which will be in the forefront of the
public eye during this summer will be
the theme for the 1953 Homecoming
Parade, October 3 at the State Teachers
College, Indiana, Pennsylvania.
The theme "Sesqui-centennial" will
give the participating college organiza-
tions a broad field for their choice of
floats, said Dr. Paul A. Risheberger, fac-
ulty chairman of the Homecoming Pa-
Alumni Activities In the
Members of the District of Columbia
Alumni Association held a most success-
ful dinner meeting on Monday evening.
May 11, 1953 at the Fairfax Hotel, Wash-
ington, D. C. The three-fold purpose
was to observe the 10th anniversary of
its organization on May 16, 1943, to
raise the funds necessary to finance its
special project for the benefit of the Col-
lege, and to aid the General Alumni As-
sociation's Membership Committee by
helping to bring more Indiana alumni
into the General Alumni Association
through membership in the District of
Mrs. Margaret McComb Anderson, vice
president, told of the founding of the
Club and presented a beautifully decor-
ated birthday cake which was shared by
the members and their guests. The
charter members present were Mrs. An-
derson, Dorothy A. Ramale, Mrs. Marie
Kress Gardner, and M. Vashti Burr
Whittington, the president.
Lois Gorton, chairman of the program
committee, presented a most interesting
musical program for the occasion. In
bringing greetings from the All Pennsyl-
vania College Alumni Association, the
new President, John J. McGinty (Penn-
sylvania State), called attention to the
fact that the Indiana Club had sponsored
the founding of the APCAA and spoke
of the importance already attained by the
APCAA in the national capital. Twelve
representatives of the eight other State
Teachers Colleges which have alumni in
the D.C. area attended the dinner as did
the president of the Bucknell Alumni
Club, the president of the Pennsylvania
State Club, and a representative of the
Mrs. Goldie Stahl Walker, chairman,
June Wilgus Reed, and Mrs. Ruth
O'Donnell Hindman comprised the pro-
jects committee in charge of arrange-
ments. At the business meeting follow-
ing the dinner and program, ten of the
new members participated. It was de-
cided unanimousely that members would
support the recommendations of three
committes for 1953-54, namely, the pro-
gram, projects, and membership. Mem-
bers of the executive committee were re-
elected except two new members-at-large:
lois Gorton (38) and June Wilgus Reed
(4l). Marie Kress Gardner (16) will
assist the Secretary, Laura Gienger (40).
To aid the membership committee of
the General Alumni Association, a mem-
bership committee was established, with
Dorothy A. Ramale, chairman, to canvass
all alumni in the District of Columbia,
Virginia, and Maryland, soliciting mem-
bership in the D.C. Club and agreeing
that the Club will endeavor to make cer-
tain that all alumni paying dues shall
receive the issues of the Bulletin by pro-
■viding correct addresses.
Tliirty-five Indiana alumni (four from
Philadelphia, three from the College, and
one from the McKeesport L^nit) and 14
guests attended the Fifth Anniversary and
Citation Luncheon of the All Pennsyl-
vania College Alumni Association on
February 7 at the Shoreham Hotel, Wash-
ington, D. C. Indiana maintained, even
with such a large attendance, only by a
slim margin its record for the greatest
number attending APCAA meetings.
Hosts for the five Indiana tables were:
Hon, Paul C. Cunningham, Mrs. Nora
Hay McKirdy, Mrs. C. C. Anderson, Lois
Gorton, and Mrs. Guy W. Gienger. Dr.
M. Vashti Burr Whittington, president
of APCAA and the Indiana Club, pre-
sided at the luncheon. Greetings were
received from Reverend Francis X. N.
McGuire (Villanova), President of the
Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and
I'niversities, and from Dr. Carl E. Seifert
(Pennsylvania), Deputy Superintendent
of Public Instruction for Institutions of
In accepting the 1953 APCAA Citation,
Dr. Felix Morley (Haverford) spoke
highly of the effectiveness of the APCAA,
"This organization is doing a great
deal in the field of integration. What
you arc doing is something a little more
than cooperation. You are doing some-
thing which the men who founded this
Republic did in a majestic way. You are
solving the problem of federalism — the
most difficult problem ever put before a
"What is the great problem? It is to
retain and preserve the values that lie
in the individuals and the individual org-
anizations, while giving those spiritual
qualifications the strength of human co-
operation. That was the problem that
was solved in this country. When you
preserve the spiritual quality of these in-
stitutions — most of which were religious
in origin — by achieving cooperation be-
tween institutions which puts to some
extent the facilities of one at the service
of all, you strengthen without losing, —
very much as we strengthen without los-
ing the ability of the individual to con-
tribute to society that which he has it in
him to contribute.
"It is very significant that you are
meeting in Washington in an essentially
federal undertaking. We are apt to for-
get how difficult it is, once you have
centered power, to bring it back to the
grass roots of the country.
Personal Items About Graduates
Editor's Note: The following editorial
appeared in the Tarentum Valley Daily
News, Tuesday, May 26, 1953. Descrip-
tive of Dr. Clara E. Cockerille, ISTC
class of 1924, the editorial reflects the
growing tendency on the part of re-
sponsible journalists to give recognition
to the important constructive role edu-
cators play in all communities. We con-
gratulate both Dr. Cockerille and George
D. Stuart, editor of the Daily News and
a friend of education.
Armstrong County citizens, could they
have been present, would have been very
proud of their assistant superintendent of
schools. Dr. Clara E. Cockerille, when
she addressed a dinner meeting of Penn-
sylvania Press Conference in State Col-
lege the other evening.
And they would have been pleased as
they observed the enthusiastic response
of her audience, composed of newspaper
editors and reporters, a group that is
usually rather difficult to move.
Dr. Cockerille pulled no punches as
she launched into an enlightening and
scholarly discussion of the failures, needs
and achivements of the modern school
system. And, she took occasion to point
out ways in which parents and the people
at large are not meeting their obligations
to public education.
The address was one that should be
heard by every parent, every American.
It gave those who have been out of
school for a score of years, or even less
the realization that the schools have
changed along with every other aspect
of living and that they may, possibly, be
doing a far better job than some of their
It was a splendid address, a reflection
of Dr. Cockerille's outstanding ability as
a school executive. Armstrong County is
fortunate indeed to have her at its assist-
ant superintendent. The only regret is
that there are not in our schools more
leaders possessed of understanding and
breadth of vision such as she possesses.
Mrs. Isabel E. James McCune, 1924,
received her Bachelor of Science Degree
from the University of Pittsburgh on
January 30, 1953, and is now teaching
at the Winchester Thurston School in
Pittsburgh. She writes that her son is a
senior in the School of Theology at
Boston L^niversity, and that her daughter
will enter Westminster College in Sep-
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Weiss (Sara
O. Lundquist, class of 1949), have moved
to Cleveland, Ohio, following Mr. Weiss'
tour of duty in the Service. They have
a daughter, Patricia Dianne, born March
Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Mudre (Pearl
Zorena, class of 1935), a boy, John
Michael, born February 12, 1953.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Smith (Mary
E. Feitt, class of 1940), a daughter, Vir-
ginia Sue, born August 8, 1952. Paul and
Bobby are the boys of the family.
Alumni News Bulletin
General Alumni Association
State Teachers College
Editor Arthur F. Nicholson
Associate Editor Mary Farabaugh
Executive Secretary Mary L. Esch
President Ethel L. Waddell